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The International Organization for Migration

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was founded in 1951 and is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. In September 2016, IOM became a UN-related organization. Today IOM has a membership of 173 states, with a further eight having observer status.

IOM has a key role in the area for human mobility and works on a global basis to ensure the humane and orderly handling of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants and internally displaced persons. This work includes enhancing the respect for the human rights of migrants in accordance with international law, assisting states to facilitate the integration of migrants in their new environment and developing programmes that facilitate voluntary return and reintegration of displaced persons.

IOM has its headquartersin Geneva (Switzerland) and has more than 480 Country Offices and Sub-Offices worldwide.. Mr. António Vitrino has been the Director General of IOM since October 2018.
The Council is the highest authority of the IOM and meets once every year in Geneva. Under the Council is the Standing Committee on Programmes and Finance that meets twice a year to examine and review policies, programmes, activities, budgets etc.

On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants. It paved the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. For more information on both compacts:

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was adopted on 10 – 11 December 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Denmark supports a wide spectrum of IOM projects to strengthen the handling of migration in a number of countries. In 2018 Denmark started providing core funding for IOM in the amount of 25 mio. DKK a year on the basis of a multi-year agreement. 

    Director General      Mr. António Vitorino
    Deputy Director General      Mrs. Laura Thompson
    Denmark’s contribution in 2020     DKK 50 million

Intermediate Strategy for Denmark's Development Cooperation with the International Organization for Migration

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Edited May 2020